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Profile of Grinnell College

The campus of Grinnell is in Grinnell, IA, which is a self-contained town. The school is a private, not-for-profit institution. Degrees at Grinnell include, at the school's highest level, the Bachelor's degree.

Course Topics

The school has a greater breadth of degree programs (majors) than most colleges of its size. Grinnell is known for its programs in music, science, mathematics, art studies, drama and performing arts, and liberal arts.

Grinnell Selectivity

Admission at the school is selective, not open to all who apply. Getting into Grinnell is challenging; it only admitted 45% of those who applied in 2007. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 630. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 620 and 720. Many applicants are from out of state, an indication of the quality or special character of the school.


The school maintains a faculty/student ratio (full-time) which is better than most colleges. Grinnell has a tenure system for senior faculty. The full-time faculty at the school is well-paid, which often goes with faculty quality.

Student Enrolment

In 2007, Grinnell had 1, 654 students enrolled (1, 635 full-time equivalent).

Student Life

The school has a residential or campus feel. Grinnell offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. The school offers students meal plans. Grinnell values student athletics, and belongs to the Midwest Conference.

Grinnell Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Liberal Arts178political science, economics, history, English, sociology, anthropology, French language, Spanish language, . . .
Science57biology, chemistry, biochemistry, physics
Therapy and Counselling30psychology
Religion and Philosophy20philosophy, religion
Art Studies19art studies
Computer Science and Engineering10computer science
Drama and Performing Arts7drama

Contact: Grinnell

Grinnell College

1210 Park Street

Grinnell, IA 50112-1690

General Phone: (641) 269-4000


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